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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Wedding for Starry-Eyed Cosmonaut

It would have been a match made in heaven, but it was not to be.

Technical and legal problems have forced international space station Commander Yury Malenchenko to postpone his wedding, in which he would have been separated from his bride by at least 380 kilometers of atmosphere and space.

The Russian Aviation and Space Agency said Monday that the cosmonaut, who met his fiancee in Houston, would wait until he returns to Earth in October to tie the knot.

"It would have been interesting, but you can't just do these things spontaneously," agency spokesman Sergei Gorbunov said.

Malenchenko's bride-to-be, Yekaterina Dmitriyeva, said last week he had proposed to her in December before heading into space but did not want to wait to get married.

The cosmonaut had a tailcoat and ring for the wedding, which would have been conducted either by phone or with a stand-in taking the place of the groom, but other preparations proved too problematic, Gorbunov said.

"The ISS is not a cottage in a forest ... and you can't get there by plane, only by rocket," he said.